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City Council Discusses Austin Energy Rates

The Austin City Council is holding a special-called work session this morning to tackle Austin Energy’s proposed rate increases.

Council got an earful from citizens opposed to the increase at their last meeting. Since then, Mayor Lee Leffingwell has said he too opposes the increase as drafted.

Three items are posted on the agenda, including discussion with the Electric Utility Commission, the views of dissenting commissioners, and a look at the following areas: revenue requirements and cost of service methodologies; rates for churches and other houses of worship, low income users and school districts; and environmental and sustainability issues.

Public comment is not allowed during work sessions, but people are expected to sound off on the proposal again on February 2.

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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